Saudi minister denies kingdom conspired to force oil prices down

Dec 22, 2014

Saudi minister denies kingdom conspired to force oil prices down

Saudi Arabia’s oil chief on Sunday dismissed allegations that his kingdom conspired to bring down oil prices in order to harm other countries and told a summit of Arab energy leaders that he is confident the market will stabilize. The kingdom, which is dependent ...

Iran's support for Syria tested by steep fall in oil revenues

Dec 20, 2014

Iran's support for Syria tested by steep fall in oil revenues

Syrian businessmen and trade officials are worried that the economic lifeline provided by Iran is under strain from plunging oil prices despite public messages of support from Syria’s strongest regional ally. Syrian President Bashar Assad has relied on oil-producing Iran to help him fight ...

Dec 13, 2014

Iran hackers may target U.S. energy, defense firms, FBI warns

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned U.S. businesses to be on the alert for a sophisticated Iranian hacking operation whose targets include defense contractors, energy firms and educational institutions, according to a confidential agency document. The operation is the same as one flagged ...

Methamphetamine use soars in Iran as lifestyles speed up

Dec 9, 2014

Methamphetamine use soars in Iran as lifestyles speed up

Women in headscarves and men in tatty clothes puff on a glass pipe as smoke swirls around their faces. The pictures published by Iranian media and blogs in recent months are a sign of a new drug epidemic: shishe, or methamphetamine. Shishe means “glass” ...

Dec 7, 2014

Yet another extension for Iran

Rather than declare international negotiations to cap Iran's nuclear ambitions failed, seven countries have agreed to extend the talks for another seven months.

Syrian-trained Britons  jailed for terror offenses

Dec 6, 2014

Syrian-trained Britons jailed for terror offenses

As British security forces crack down on what they say is a mounting threat from jihadists radicalized by the ongoing Syrian conflict, two British men were sentenced to prison for terrorism offenses Friday. Childhood friends Mohammed Ahmed and Yusuf Sarwar, both aged 22 and ...